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International Education Week

Every year the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrate global education during International Education Week, held across the nation at university campuses, during the third week of November. The Office of Global Engagement and the International Student Council co-present International Education Week, November 12-17, 2018, with multiple departments and colleges hosting international events throughout the week. As we build a more inclusive, global Utah State University, we invite you to become involved by attending events during the week.  

Monday, November 12, 2018

Around the World Night

Join the Office of Global Engagement, the International Student Council and several student clubs and organizations representing the global community at Utah State University. Enjoy a fashion show, cultural activities and international food tasting. 
5:30-7:30 PM
TSC, International Lounge

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mindfulness and Meditation 

Join Dr. Zhen Li, from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for a session on mindfulness and meditation. 
5:00-6:30 PM
TSC, Room 310B

Men's Basketball International Student Night

Utah State vs Mississippi State Valley 
7:00 PM
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum 
Free to students with I.D. card 
Tickets for the public available to purchase online.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Global Focus Hours

Join the International Studies Club for a global discussion on current international issues. 
6:30 PM 
Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 405

Rodell Rosel, The Singer... as Performer

Manila native Rodell Rosel is a guest of many major U.S. opera companies including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. Hosted by the Caine College of the Arts, Rodell Rosel's concert is free to the public to enjoy. 
7:30-9:30 PM 
Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall 
Free with ticket, contact Caine College of the Arts Box Office at 435-797-8022.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meet a Foreign Service Officer - Scott Ficklin 

Scott is a second-tour consular officer serving in Seoul, Korea and a USU alumnus. Scott will give a short overview of his personal history, the process of entering the Foreign Service and his professional experience before a question and answer session.

This event is co-hosted by the Office of Global Engagement and College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
4:00 PM 
TSC, Center Colony Room 
Free pizza while it lasts.

The Yogi as an Artist - a Short Meditation 

Presenter(s): Camille Litalien, Director Yoga Studies Program and Peter Francyk, Faculty Yoga Minor Program
Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
6:00-7:00 PM 
University Inn, Room 510

Latinx Cultural Center Fall Speaker - José Roach Orduña

Special guest speaker, José Roach Orduña will read an excerpt from his book The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement followed by a Q&A session.
7:30-9:00 PM
Author Reception and Book Signing to follow. 
Perry Pavilion, 4th Floor, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Friday, November 16, 2018

Study Abroad Pop-up Advising

Peer Advisor Libbey Hanson will be in the TSC by the USU Campus Store, offering advice on study abroad programs, scholarships and more. 
10:00 AM-12:00 PM 
TSC,  by the USU Campus Store

Mini Language Lessons -IELISA

Join IELISA (Intensive English Language Institute Student Association) for mini language lessons in Chinese, Portuguese, and more. Each mini session will take 10 minutes. 
4:00-6:00 PM
Old Main, Room 343

International Film Night

Enjoy study abroad student-produced videos prior to the screening of Spirited Away, Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Feature in 2003
7:00 PM 
TSC, International Lounge

Saturday, November 17, 2018

USU has Talent

Join the International Student Council and more for a talent show on Saturday evening. 
7:00 PM 
TSC, Auditorium 

International Honorary Degree Recipients

USU honorary degree recipients are awarded their degrees based on contribution to society. Many recipients are international professionals, excelling in their field and are tremendously influential in contributing to a better world. 

Highlighted Recipients

Don J. Wang: Don Wang received an honorary degree, Doctor of Agriculture, during the 131st Commencement. Wang is a USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences alumnus who has been instrumental in connecting USU faculty and students with people and programs at universities in Taiwan. He has distinguished himself as a dedicated community leader, in particular helping to better conditions for Asian immigrants, especially those who emigrated from Taiwan and China.

Mario J. Molina: An outstanding example of contribution to society is Mario J. Molina. The native to Mexico received the Nobel Prize in 1995 for his incredible research into the depletion of the ozone layer. For this and many other achievements, Molina was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Atmospheric Science by Utah State University during the 109th Commencement.

Shiego Shingo: Shigeo Shingo is another outstanding example of influential achievement. Shingo was one of the world’s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes. He is known for helping Toyota become the most productive automobile manufacturer in the world. He was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Management by USU during the 95th Commencement, with the university later incorporating the Shingo Prize. The Shingo Institute, his namesake and part of Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU includes various educational offerings, a focus on research and a growing international network.  

International Honorary Degree Recipients 

Recipient Country Honorary Degree Commencement
Thierry Fischer Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zambia) Doctor of Fine Arts 131
Don J. Wang Taiwan Doctor of Agriculture 130
Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona Dominican Republic Doctor of Education 129
Tayseer Al-Smadi Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Doctor of Humane Letters 127
Hugh Evans Australia  Doctor of Humane Letters 127
Mathana Santiwat Thailand Doctor of Business 126
Norah Abdullah Al-Faiz Saudi Arabia Doctor of Education 125
Syng-il Hyun Korea Doctor of Humane Letters 124
Young- Chul Hong Korea Doctor of Business 117
Niranjan R. Gandhi India Doctor of Agriculture 113
Mario J. Molina Mexico Doctor of Atmospheric Sciences 109
Tweesackdi Sesaweech Thailand Doctor of Agricultural Science 104
Elizabeth Dowdeswell Ireland Doctor of Environmental Management 102
Jong Pil Kim Korea Doctor of Political Science 99
Manfred Eigen Germany Doctor of Science 97
Shigeo Shingo Japan Doctor of Management  95
K. Philip Hwang Korea Doctor of Engineering 90
Sir Denys Haigh Wilkinson, F.R.S. England Doctor of Science 82
Alexander Schreiner Germany Doctor of Fine Arts 81
Samuel Abraham Goudsmit Netherlands Doctor of Science 79

Global Aggie Highlights

Vijay Kannan and other speakers

Fulbright Reflection: Vijay Kannan


One of the highlights of my life was the five months I spent as a Fulbright Scholar in India in 2006-2007. It was a deeply personal experience as I got to live in the country of my parents, having previously only visited, albeit on numerous occasions.

Fulbright scholars with Provost and Vice Provost

USU Fulbright Scholars Celebrated at First Annual Social


Utah State University (USU) Fulbright scholars joined colleagues, partners, and administrators for the first annual Fulbright social at the USU president’s institutional home, hosted by Executive Vice President and Provost Francis D. Galey and the Office

Agreement Formalizes Student and Faculty Exchanges with University in Taiwan

Agreement Formalizes Student and Faculty Exchanges with University in Taiwan


A recent visit to Utah State University by top administrators from National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) was an important step in solidifying efforts to create learning and research opportunities for faculty and students at the two universities.

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